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5 Channel Partner Updates: 5 May 2017

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Good morning, channel partners. Here are five technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to start your day for Friday, May 5, 2017. Actually, there are 19 updates for VARs, managed services providers (MSPs), cloud services providers (CSPs), independent software vendors (ISVs), telco master agents and telco agents to sip on. Take a look… 19. Partner Programs - Security: LogRhythm has launched a new Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) Program. It's designed to foster interoperability to deliver a more complete security solution for customers, and build awareness around the value of technology integrations, the company said. Initial members include  Cisco, Carbon Black, Palo Alto Networks, Gigamon and Check Point, according to LogRhythm. 18. Security & ServiceNow: OneLogin, an identity management provider, has integrated with ServiceNow Express -- an IT management solution for small and midsize businesses. 17. Security - Poor Priorities: IT managers within SMB companies say price is the most important factor when buying endpoint security, according to a Vipre survey. Kudos to Vipre for raising an important discussion point. Shame on IT managers for being short-sighted. 16. Thoma Bravo Buys Lexmark Software: Thoma Bravo is acquiring Lexmark’s Enterprise Software business, which includes Kofax, ReadSoft and Perceptive Software. The deal is expected to close in Q3 2017. Financial terms were not disclosed. 15. Avaya Hiring?: Avaya, which is still navigating its Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, actually appears to be in hiring mode, according to The New Indian Express. 14. Funding - Unified Communications: Fuze, formerly ThinkingPhones, has raised $30 million to expand across Asia Pacific and Latin America. Fuze is based in Cambridge, Mass. 13. Oracle Cloud Partners: Oracle Cloud continues to gain more FastConnect network connection partners. The lineup now includes Equinix, Megaport, Verizon, BT and NTT. 12. Amazon AWS Cloud Pricing: Amazon is cutting some AWS cloud prices by up to 21 percent. Expect similar pricing moves from Google and Microsoft Azure within the next few days... And again within six months. And again roughly six months after that. And again roughly six months after that...
David Friend
11. Carbonite Veterans Counter AWS: David Friend, formerly co-founder and CEO of Carbonite, appears to be targeting AWS Simple Storage Service (S3) with his latest startup. Friend's new company, called Wasabi, apparently is building mass-scale storage technology that will somehow undercut AWS S3 pricing, according to Boston Business Journal. But wait. There's more. Page two contains items 10 to 1. Don't leave the table before you've had that second serving... Welcome to page two. Now, sip up items 10 to 1 for today...
Mohamad Ali
10. Carbonite Revenue: Carbonite's revenue was $57.1 million in Q1 2017, up 19 percent from Q1 2016, the company announced yesterday. The results beat Wall Street's expectations. Carbonite, led by Mohamad Ali, also completed the Double-Take Software acquisition in Q1. We'll share more thoughts soon about Carbonite's expanding portfolio of SMB and midmarket data protection services and solutions. 9. Azure Business Continuity: ZeroDown is the latest business continuity solution offered atop Microsoft Azure. We'll share more details soon. 8. Funding - IoT Network Management: Thinnect, an IoT network management startup, has raised $1.7 million in funding. Thinnect positions itself as an "IoT Edge of Network Service Provider." The company is seeking partners in such areas as lighting, components, hardware original design manufacturers (ODMs), cloud analytics, and system design houses. Thinnect's partner strategy reinforces the Specialized Channels research trends tracked by The 2112 Group. 7. IoT and Cloud Services: PTC's Kepware industrial connectivity software now integrates with Microsoft Azure. The software moves data between industrial controls devices and the Azure cloud platform – allowing organizations to more effectively connect, monitor, and manage Internet of Things (IoT) assets across industrial environments, PTC asserts.
John Byrne
6. Interview - Dell EMC Partner Update: Want a preview of next week's Dell EMC World? Channel Chief John Byrne shares his latest thoughts in this new podcast with ChannelE2E and CompTIA CEO Todd Thibodeaux. 5. Dell EMC and Salesforce: Salesforce is building its data center and hybrid cloud infrastructure across Dell EMC gear. The move comes as Salesforce also shifts its public cloud infrastructure to Amazon Web Services. 4. Managed Security Services: Atmosera and Cloudflare have entered into a reseller relationship to safeguard customers from hackers and malware. 3. Managed Cloud Services: Long View Systems, a top MSP and systems integrator has embraced MediaValet's cloud-based digital asset management software. 2. Strategic Investment & IT Services: The Orogen Group has invested $108 million in Virtusa Corp., an IT outsourcing and consulting business. We'll share more details soon. 1. Next Week's Partner Conferences: Stay tuned for previews of  Kaseya Connect 2017 and ServiceNow Knowledge17. Both conferences are set for next week...
Joe Panettieri

Joe Panettieri is co-founder & editorial director of MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E, the two leading news & analysis sites for managed service providers in the cybersecurity market.